Punters were left shell-shocked at Ascot today, following an array of outrageous upset results towards the end of the card.
Arguably the “raffle” of the day was the $80,000 Listed WATC Stakes 1100m, with five dollars the field defining the difficulty placed on trying to find that elusive victor.
Backing up from a narrow win over 1000m in early March, the Adam Durrant trained Beach Express ($8.00 – $6.00) was one of the few fancies catching the punters eye in the moments before the event. As what can often happen, an even market does not always represent a close outcome, and such was the case again today. Hoop Daniel Staeck shot Beach Express straight to the lead from barrier eight, and that was that – the Success Express 5yo dictating terms throughout to career away for a 3 ½ length massacre. McScar ($17.00) battled on for second, just ahead of Sir Hallowell ($13.00) who made up the minors.
And if that “all the way” monstering wasn’t enough to make you scratch your head, the result of the JC Roberts Stakes 1800m would definitely bring tears to your eyes.
Former NSW hoop Daniel Ganderton opened his WA winning account with the most unusual of victories. With only two career wins – both over 1000 metres – the chances of the Any Given Sunday gelding Saturday Skies ($26.00) were bleak. But someone forgot to tell Ganderton, who took off with Saturday Skies at the 800 metre mark and withheld the late challenge of race favourite Rebelson ($2.30 fav) to salute by a length.
Punters had a promising start to the program when Young Lionel ($2.50 fav) made it back to back wins when finishing brilliantly to claim the Imagesource Digital Solutions HCP 1600m, together with Camporella ($4.00 fav) saluting in the Gimcrack Stakes 1100m, and Jim ‘N’ Jim ($2.25 fav) proving its last start win was no fluke when charging to victory in the National Jockey Celebration Day HCP 2200m.
But pain for the punters would encapsulate the remainder of the program.
Terror Force ($10.00) upset Petrol Power ($1.70 fav) in the Perth Stakes 1800m by a neck, while Moreish ($9.00) marched towards the Oaks with a blinding late charge to win the Natasha Stakes 2200m. And just to round off the misery, Catlantic ($14.00) sprinted past Mia China Doll ($1.80 fav) in the Crown Perth Sprint 1200m – bringing up its third career win in a boil-over.